Training the Mind of an Interdisciplinary Scientist

Sponsored by the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine

Sunday March 29
Room 255

The 2015 Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, SEBM, symposium will focus on such key considerations relating to training the mind of an interdisciplinary scientist.

Biomedical science and translational research have reached a stage where advances are dependent on mergers among established disciplines. Devising solutions to major clinical problems requires an understanding of diverse biomedical disciplines and the development and integration of a variety of technologies and methods. Given the multiple levels of expertise and integrative thinking required, a new generation of interdisciplinary scientists is needed to address these challenges. However, the training of interdisciplinary scientists requires unique pedagogical innovations.

Numerous questions arise in consideration of training interdisciplinary scientists: How will trainees become comfortable with principles, methods, and languages of different disciplines? When and how will young scientists learn how to collaborate so they are well prepared for the research of the future? Should alternatives to the traditional practice of students learning from one primary mentor be reconsidered, for example, enabling them to concurrently study under multiple mentors with expertise in distinct disciplines? The 2015 SEBM symposium will focus on such key considerations relating to training the mind of an interdisciplinary scientist.

Invited Speakers:

Collaborative Cognition in the Context of Interdisciplinary Science
Stephen M. Fiore, University of Central Florida

Dr. Fiore is faculty with the University of Central Florida’s Cognitive Sciences Program in the Department of Philosophy and Director of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory at UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, Learning Research and Development Center. He maintains a multidisciplinary research interest that incorporates aspects of the cognitive, social, and computational sciences in the investigation of learning and performance in individuals and teams.

Problem Finding and Understanding for Creativity
Raymond Price, University of Illinois

Co-Director, Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education and Professor of Human Behavior, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Lessons Learned From a 25 Year History of University Wide Interdisciplinary Biomedical Doctoral Programs
Denis Medeiros, University of Missouri-Kansas City

My passion for mentoring graduate students also included a passion for undergraduate student mentoring. A passion that I have is the education of under-represented minorities in the biomedical and biobehavioral sciences.  At Kansas State University, besides being a department head, I was Director of a program funded by the National Institutes of Health to facilitate the transfer of under-represented minority students from community colleges to K-State to complete their BS degrees.  Many of these students have gone on to graduate or professional schools.  My passion for mentoring of students has also transcended toward mentoring of new faculty.  In my role as Associate Dean both at The Ohio State University and Kansas State University, I developed faculty mentoring programs to help facilitate their success in the promotion and tenure process. 

Collaborative Learning and Integrated Mentoring in the Biosciences
Richard McGee, Northwestern

My primary research and academic interests are in the development of young scientists. My work in this arena spans the continuum including: the 'basic science' of how undergraduate and PhD student fine tune career decision with a longitudinal study of 500 students; application and study of new coaching-based models to support early PhD students; use of group-based modesls to assist junior faculty develop as scientists; a randomized controlled trial of a totaly different approach to fostering diversity in academia.

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